The Love Life of Superman

DC Comics will introduce a major new plot point in the life of Superman in Justice League #12 when a romantic relationship begins between the Man of Steel and the Amazon princess Wonder Woman. In the New 52 reboot, Clark Kent is no longer married to Lois Lane, giving the writers leeway to explore new love interests for the Last Son of Krypton instead of having him tied down to the spunky Daily Planet investigative reporter. Comicbook creators seem to like their heroes single -- many other fictional couples have been split because happy relationships I guess are boring, including Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson in Spider-man, Bruce Banner and Betty Ross in The Incredible Hulk, and even for a time the Invisible Woman Sue Storm and Mr. Fantastic Reed Richards in The Fantastic Four.

More than any of them, though, Lois and Clark seemed to go together like peanut butter and jelly, a match made in superhero heaven. Last year, I wrote about "Why People Care About Superman and Lois Lane." The two characters had chemistry and it seems more than weird to see Superman in the arms of another woman, even if the woman is the Wonder one. 

If Superman has to be with someone besides Lois, then Wonder Woman seems like a logical choice, since they are arguably the two most powerful people in the DC heirarchy. Together they make a potent male-female power couple. It will be interesting to see where the story goes.  It's not the first time that the two have hooked up. As one example, check out Frank Miller's over-the-top The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

Superman has also had other loves in his life. The most prominent is probably Clark's childhood sweetheart Lana Lang who was left heartbroken when Kal-El left Smallville behind to pursue his destiny, only to have his heart swept away by the city charms of Lois Lane in Metropolis.

Then there's the mermaid Lori Lemaris. Yes, Superman had a quick, steamy, torrid affair with a fish. It sounds silly, but it was actually a classic story. I remember reading it in an anthology as a kid and it still stayed with me all these years later as one of the better adventures in the Kryptonian's illustrious career.

He has not always been the innocent alien Boy Scout that so many perceive him to be -- Superman has had some flings or near flings over the years.  Just to name a few, writers have had fun creating some sexual tension with the treacherous superwoman Lyla Lerrol, the hot-headed alien Maxima, as well as Supergirl (who isn't always his cousin, depending on the version of the character), and even Lois Lane's sister Lucy!

Nevertheless, Superman always came back to Lois, and I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before we see Lois and Clark (or Lois and Superman) back together again.